Life: Saving & 1st Farmers Market visit

Good morning everyone! I really hope you are enjoying your week so far. As mentioned in my previous post.. I have recently moved & am new to this single mother thing.. so I have been looking for ways to help me save since life is pretty expensive obviously. I did find lots of ways to try and save.. a lot of couponing, which I would love to say I could do, but it’s so time consuming and right now I simply don’t have that. Maybe one day. Besides that, I found a few other ways that I am going to start with to see if they help.

1. Errands All in one day each week: Each week, I plan to try and run all errands one day of the week. This will hopefully help me save on gas, money i would spend on food for the minis and I while out & snacks that I would take with us. This will give me more time to spend with them doing things like going on walks, playing at the park, going to the pool, etc. It will also keep our food healthier because a lot of fresh snacks cannot be out of the fridge in the heat all day & fast food… is well.. gross. haha.

2. Electricity: Phantom Electricity – This is a small thing that I’ve hear can make a huge deal.. Basically, if you aren’t using something.. un-plug it. Even though electronics are plugged in & turned off, they are still sucking up electricity. I am also going to try and use the dryer less. I have toddlers so obviously I have to still use it, but some things I will hang dry. In addition to those, I am going to try and not mess with my air conditioning. I have a bad habit of turning it up and down a lot. I am going to keep it a little warmer in the summer and probably not use it in the winter since it’s florida… but i read to keep summers warmer & winters cooler for places with seasons.

3. Monthly Meal Planning: Besides produce, I am going to attempt to meal plan my entire month. Apparently a lot of coupons do this when they get burnt out on couponing. The idea is that you spend less because you can prep a lot of meals that use the same items, so you wouldn’t have to re-purchase things in following weeks to make a meal. It also helps because if there is an item on sale, you can plan meals around those basic items and stock your supply all at once. I liked this idea because it helps save, but also because my little ones are at an age where grocery shopping is fun at times and at other times they hate it.

4. Handmade/DIY: I know a lot of you are aware that I craft a lot. Yes this helps when my minis want cute things or to make something special to match a dress, etc… but what I mean is.. learn to sew basic things.. if the seam on something starts to unravel, sew it.. don’t throw it out & buy new. Kids are crazy at times and their clothing gets majorly abused. Learn how to fix small things like that. DIY (Di It Yourself) with things around your home. Learn how to fix little things, make things, make your own cleaners, etc.. whatever fits you personally.

5. Local Markets: The other day I finally got to go to a farmers market! I had been wanting to go to one the last few years I had lived in Pittsburgh, PA but never got a chance to. Well… I found one only about 10 minutes from where I live. It was a small one but i LOVED IT!! I am a fruit & vegetable lover so I was in heaven seeing all of the fresh produce. There were very few things that looked as if I wouldn’t buy due to freshness unlike at most grocery stores I’ve been to. I purchased 2/3 of my fridge (shown below) full of produce for only $50. I was completely amazed. $50 of produce at the grocery store isn’t much on top of having to really sort through to find simple things like a bag of grapes that isn’t smashed or a container of 100% non-moldy blueberries. I know.. gross… but the truth. It was nice, easy and my bill was comforting.

Thank you everyone for taking the time out to read my new post. I really hope that it can help some of you save as well! I hope you all have a beautiful day!

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New Beginning… New me.

Hello everyone.. Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have to be honest.. I used to type to get things out & just really need to start again.. this past year has been a mess. I have lost two of my kitties that were my little soul creatures… one I had over 9 years, he passed from kidney disorder/failure… the doctor wasn’t positive. The other… I had over 12 years and she was my baby.. she died from breast cancer which rapidly moved to her lungs. In addition to that, I had to start working 40/hr weeks at night instead of being with my babies… i was a stay at home mother.. and this killed me… this was due to finding out that my husband of 6 yrs… together over 9 yrs wanted a divorce… out of no where. I know this is a lot… and I know time will help.. I am “ok” am working to find myself… I just thought i’d share.. I’m sure I am not alone in this and in the past, I always found comfort sharing and relating through blogging.large

Where I am now… I recently relocated from Pittsburgh, PA to Florida so that my children can have there father in their life. Most people do not understand this.. but over the years, I’ve found that a lot of people do not think the same as me. Everyone told me…. “don’t do it… don’t follow him” meaning my children’s father… So here is the thing… i DID NOT follow him… my children deserve to have their father… he is an amazing father.. and a good man. I personally could not take that away from them.. and besides.. i had nothing in Pittsburgh. I couldn’t move home.. My family is not from the best area safety wise. I thought.. why not move & start over. How often in life do people get a fresh brand new beginning right? So.. here i am. I am struggling to stay on my feet, but I know I can do this and I will be “comfortable” soon. Yes, it is SO HARD being alone here and feeling so far from my family/friends.. but deep down, this was THE RIGHT THING. I feel it. This is not the first time in life that I have made a selfless decision.. but it is the most important time i feel.

Why was this the right thing? for several reasons… mainly.. my children will have their father of course & i can keep their lives as normal as I can with the situation. No, this was not my life plan obviously… but it doesn’t mean they have to suffer. I will forever put my children in front of myself, I will never again…. put another person besides them… in front of me. This was the right decision for me as well. I have been through so many hardships in life… most of which were shared when I started my foundation a few years back, but for those who do not know… I’ve seen most things.. i’ve been dirt poor, mental/physical & sexual abuse, i was teased growing up, etc… but you know what.. here i am. I am breathing, life is beautiful and i am very blessed to have these two little humans that love me. I honestly could not feel richer in my heart & soul. Sure i am lonely.. of course, i’ve never been alone… but even time will heal that. If I am meant to be with someone else, that day will come. I am in no hurry to date.. just to be with someone. I want to know what it is like to truly love myself. I have never felt that. I always put others first. My heart is huge when it comes to helping and loving.. but I have no idea how to  just be free and love myself. That is the new journey I am on. Loving me & being the most awesome mommy in my children eyes.

So… here is to my new beginning and to becoming the new (but old) me. Also… I promise to start blogging more.. it’s just been a mess haha.. obviously. Miss you all. thank you for reading of course.

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HAUL: PaperChase USA

 

Here it is everyone! My adorable PaperChase-USA order!! I love love LOVE everything! Shipping wasn’t too bad either, I was so impatient to receive my order that I felt like it was taking decades haha! It actually took a little over a week, which was longer than they said but not bad at all! I can’t wait to order again!

Everything is amazing quality and super adorable as you can see. The washi tapes {top center} come in a box that is actually similar to a washi holder.. So those all can stay in the box together as a set and still be used. I thought that was pretty helpful for organization. We all know that there is no perfect way to store our washi tapes! The pocket notebooks {top left} are absolutely beautiful in person.. This coming from someone who doesn’t swoon over butterfly items too often. The colors are very vibrant, the pastels against the vivid black is my favorite! The little mouse notebook {top right} is so cute & the cover is like a hardback book! So it is sturdy & not going to get flimsy and worn out in my bag.. The notecards/thank you cards under that… So cute! I can’t wait to use those for someone special :)

All in all… Definitely place an order! I will be again soon. The items are so cute & extremely great quality.. And shipping is pretty fast. You will not regret it :)

Thank you all for reading! Have a lovely Sunday!

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HANDMADE: Hole Reinforcements

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day! I had the idea of making my own designed hole reinforcements for my planner so I thought I’d share. Here are a few I’ve done so far as well as the markers im using to make them. I ordered the blank white reinforcements on Amazon. I got the glossy reinforcements because I think they’re more sturdy and I also was worried about the markets bleeding on the paper ones.. The markers I got are “Monami” brand & they come with 24 colors in the set I ordered which was only about $15 maybe. I didn’t have any problems with smearing because I just did one color at a time and by the time I was finished with the one color it had dried and the reinforcement was ready for the next color. I hope you love the simple idea and make some really cute ones for your own planners! I’m also planning to make some for my PenPals :)

Have a wonderful day everyone & thanks for reading!!

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PaperChase USA Purchase

I have been looking for a “pocket planner” for some time now & today I was on PaperChase-USA’s website and came across this cute little thing! They also had some really good sales on some of their collections. I absolutely love the “Dreamscapes” items and decided to get a few.. I cannot wait to receive them.. Once I do, I will post about them since this is my first PaperChase USA order. I hope they’re as adorable in person as they are online!

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! I’m really stoked that it’s Walking Dead Day.. As I call it. Haha.. I have been hanging out with my minis all weekend. It has been so nice! I haven’t had a whole weekend off in months! I look forward to the day I can again. Not too much longer until we move to Florida & I can search for a job with regular business hours :)

Thank you for reading! Post again soon!

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Hello Lovely World!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog. I really appreciate you stopping by! I used to blog a few years back and really loved it so I am hoping this journey really gets me through some things.. I seem to be going through tons at the moment… I don’t really want to go in to it now.. but I will over time I’m sure.

To start.. I am a mommy to two amazing little minis that you will be seeing frequently.. I am also planning to move to Florida in the VERY near future AND I love to create…. ANYTHING… I am a freelance graphic designer that is also obsessed with crafting so I really hope to share a LOT of that with you all. Please feel free to communicate with me… I am not one of those bloggers that just want people to follow them.. TALK TO ME.. it’s fun, who doesn’t like to meet new people?!!

ok.. so here goes.. I hope you enjoy my new life journey..

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